This all depends on how well you’re able to handle pain to begin with. Where your tattoo is located will also play a role in how painful the application and removal will be.
Getting a tattoo removed isn’t necessarily as painful as getting the actual tattoo either. If you’ve ever snapped a rubber band against your skin, that is more or less what you can expect it to feel like.
Some patients have even said that it feels like a lot of tiny pricks along your skin, while others say that it feels similar to somebody scratching your sunburnt skin.
Factors that affect tattoo removal pain levels
When a tattoo is located on an area that has more fat such as the buttocks or arms, removal isn’t nearly as painful. However, when the tattoo is located on or near a bone, removal can be slightly more painful.
Fortunately, if you are worried about pain, know that your laser technician is able to apply a topical numbing cream before your treatment begins to alleviate any discomfort.
How laser tattoo removal works
When you undergo tattoo removal in Perth at MIRA Clinic, a laser will be used to target the colors that are present in the skin’s dermis.
The light beams from the laser are absorbed by the colour pigments, which it then fragments. These fragments are then naturally eliminated by the body.
A Q-switch laser is most commonly used to remove tattoos but the Pico laser is also very popular. There are several different types of Q-switch lasers, each of which targets a different colour spectrum. These lasers are incredibly precise, which means that the tissue surrounding the tattoo won’t be damaged.
What to expect during your treatment
Before your treatment begins, a topical cream will be used to numb the area. You will also be given protective eyewear to use during your treatment.
Once the area has been cleaned and prepared, a hand piece will be used to deliver laser pulses into the tattoo colours. As previously mentioned, these pulses will feel like a rubber band is being snapped against your skin.
Depending on the size of your tattoo, your treatment won’t last longer than several minutes.
What to expect after your treatment
Most patients will experience some mild discomfort after their tattoo removal in Perth at MIRA Clinic but not as much as during their treatment.
There may also be some minor swelling, bleeding and blistering, which will subside within a day or two. Over the next few weeks, your skin will peel and scab as it begins to heal. During this time, it’s important to stay out of the sun and any public swimming pools.
Your doctor will advise you when you should schedule your next treatment but you will require several treatments before you will start seeing results. How many treatments you will need is different for everyone and there are a number of different factors that play a role in this. Where your tattoo is located and how dense the ink are just two of these factors.